The Pro Video:  Color Grading

The Pro Video: Color Grading

Hey there! I'm Royal, the person behind The Pro Video. Today, I'm excited to share with you a simple, straightforward guide on color grading. Ever wondered how to turn your videos from good to great? Color grading is the secret sauce, and I'm here to show you how it's done.

Through capturing the vibrant life of Lamborghinis in Las Vegas and my adventures in video editing, I've learned a thing or two about making colors pop and setting the right mood for each scene. This post is all about demystifying color grading, making it easy and accessible for everyone. Whether you're just starting or looking to polish your skills, let's jump into the world of color together and bring those videos to life!

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Step 1: Import and Organize Footage

  • Open your video editing software and import the Lamborghini footage 
  • Create a new sequence and add your footage to the timeline.

Step 2: Basic Color Correction

  • Create an adjustment layer: Go to your project panel, right-click, and select New Item > Adjustment Layer. Drag this layer over your clip in the timeline.
  • Rename the adjustment layer to "Color Correction".
  • Go to the Color Tab: Access the color grading workspace in your software.
  • Basic Corrections: Start with basic corrections to set the correct exposure, contrast, and white balance. This sets a neutral base for your creative grading.


Step 3: Advanced Color Grading

  • Apply Curves: In the Curves section, adjust the RGB curves to fine-tune the contrast and color balance.
  • Adjust Hue Saturation: Move to the Hue Saturation Curve or similar panel to tweak the saturation and hue of specific colors.
  • Color Matching: Use tools within the color tab to match colors across different clips for consistency.



Step 4: Apply and Adjust LUT

  • Create another adjustment layer and place it above the "Color Correction" layer in the timeline.
  • Rename this layer to "LUT".
  • Apply LUT: Find and apply a LUT (Look-Up Table) that suits the cinematic look you're aiming for. LUTs are a quick way to apply complex color grades.
  • Adjust Opacity: Lower the opacity of the LUT layer to between 58% and 60% to blend the effect subtly with your original footage.
  • Fine-Tune Colors: Go back to the Hue Saturation panel to enhance reds and oranges, making them pop more if needed.



Step 5: Final Touches

  • Review and Adjust: Play back your sequence to see the graded footage. Adjust any color settings if necessary to achieve your desired look.
  • Export: Once satisfied, export your video with the appropriate settings for your project.

Additional Tips:

  • Shooting Tips: Always aim for the right exposure, white balance, and lighting when shooting your footage. These elements are crucial for achieving high-quality results before any post-production work begins.
  • Using LUTs: While LUTs are powerful tools for achieving a cinematic look quickly, remember they are just a starting point. Always customize your grade to fit the specific mood and style of your footage.

Enjoy your color grading practice with the provided Lamborghini footage! This guide should help you step-by-step through the process, from basic corrections to applying a cinematic LUT, ensuring a polished and professional-looking result.


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